2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT)
16That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)
7For we live by faith, not by sight.
I remember when we were working so hard getting ready to move into the new youth lounge at our church. The room needed a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. One of the colors we picked was a deep burgundy with a hint of brown. The sample room in the picture on the card we got from the paint store looked great and we were very excited to get the paint on the walls. But when we opened the can, something was wrong. The paint didn’t look deep burgundy at all. It was pinkish-orange! And when it went on the wall, it was even worse. It looked like bubblegum. I got a little panicked. This isn’t right…this is not good…it’ll never work.
I’m a little ashamed to admit that I sometimes get panicked like this in my spiritual life, too. How often have I said, “God, what are you thinking? This isn’t right. This is never going to work.”
You know what happened? As the paint dried, it started to look like what it was supposed to. With the second coat, it looked perfect—just like the sample room on the card. I just needed to be patient and have a little faith in what was yet unseen.
As Christians, we know that God works to do good for us in all things. It says so in Romans 8:28. It doesn’t mean we’re going to know what God is up to. We might not understand God’s plan. But it does mean that we don’t need to panic, because through it all, God is caring for us, loving us, and doing good for us. Our God is good—all the time.
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